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He explained that the body and soul were united; one cannot be catered to at the expense of the other.
Legend has it that he introduced the idea of physical fitness as part of meditation with systematized exercises to strengthen the body and mind together by invigorating the intrinsic vital life force (called 'Chi' - "energy" - in Chinese).
As early as the year 65 AD, the first Mahayana Buddhist community had settled in China along the ancient silk trade route between India and China.
This settlement was built during a time that China was composed of many feudal kingdoms.
Through the ages, the Shaolin Temples (north and south) have been built, burned down, and rebuilt many times.
He dedication to his beliefs earned the respect of the head monk and he was allowed entry after a number of years.
Once there, he preached the Dhayana views that Supreme wisdom had nothing to do with performance, rituals, or translating scriptures, but instead came from deep meditation and natural living.
Many of the common people as a result were on troubled times and had converted to the simpler and older beliefs of Taoism, which preached the individual search for a higher form of physical and mental existence based on withdrawing from daily man-made traditions and instead finding a path in the natural elemental and spiritual forces of life.
Many had became disillusioned with the countless artificial rules of conduct decreed by Confucianism and Legalism, which believed in solving socio-political problems through regulations and laws.